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5 Things You Can Do To Make Windows More Secure

Personally, I wouldn’t recommend anyone to use Windows. The reason is simple, by using Windows you as a consumer put yourself at the mercy of a corporation with a history of shady behaviour.

Nevertheless, I understand that adopting an alternative operating system is not an excercise that’s mentally or physically feasible for many people. The fact is most computer users are lazy. We tend to pick the path of least resistance; and this means sticking with the OS that we’re used to or that comes preinstalled with our computers.

However, there’s absolutely no excuse in making your computer insecure and potentially becoming a launchpad for attacks on other computers connected onto the Internet. Securing your Windows computer is not a difficult thing to do. In fact, it’s not only easy, but it can be done for free!

Essentially, there are five bases you need to cover to use Windows securely and I’m going to highlight them here.

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Save Time By Using Windows Key Combo Shortcuts

The Windows Key, also called WinKey for short is most often used to launch the Windows Start Menu. However, did you know that it can perform a lot of other functions when pressed in combination with other keys?

The Windows Key, aka WinKey

Here are some useful Winkey combinations that you might find useful (in the list below “Win +” means “press the Windows key along with…”):

  • Win + E: Run Windows Explorer
  • Win + R: Show Run window
  • Win + U: Run Utility Manager
  • Win + D: Show Desktop (by minimizing all windows, press this combination again to restore them)
  • Win + F: Run Windows Search
  • Win + L: Log out from Windows
  • Win + B: Go to Windows taskbar notification area
  • Win + M: Minimize All Windows

By using suitable Winkey combinations, you can save a lot of time and be more efficient when using Windows. For example, if you need to look for certain files or shortcuts on your desktop, you can just press Win + D to minimize all windows and gain quick access to the desktop.

Sure beats minimizing twenty windows manually, right 😉

What You Should Have In Your Windows Protector USB Toolkit

I was reading Coding Horror’s How to Clean Up a Windows Spyware Infestation, and it struck me as surprising that someone of Jeff’s calibre could get himself in such a situation. However, I’m very appreciative of the fact that he shared his experience.

I have done a few Windows XP installations for friends as well, and I would like to share a two tips to make the process less painful:

  1. Always perform the installation offline! Do not even connect to your local network
  2. Always have a Windows Protector USB Toolkit in hand

In case you’re wondering why you should be performing a Windows XP installation without having an active Internet connection, you might want to read this article. Apparently, an Internet connected fresh Windows XP installation could be infected by malware in as soon as 12 minutes!

And what about the Windows Protector USB Toolkit thing? Well, that’s just a fancy name for a thumbdrive that has essential Windows applications that will help your installation be more secure.

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